of whom she had threatened to make literal cinders if she could catch him alive.
she begged again, but Ravenna
, a dead city, was tenacious of the dead poet.
In 1519 Michel Angelo
would have built the monument, but Leo X. refused to allow the sacred dust to be removed.
Finally, in 1829, five hundred and eight years after the death of Dante
got a cenotaph fairly built in Santa Croce
(by Ricci), ugly beyond even the usual lot of such, with three colossal figures on it, Dante
in the middle, with Italy
on one side and Poesy on the other.
The tomb at Ravenna
, built originally in 1483, by Cardinal Bembo
, was restored by Cardinal Corsi in 1692, and finally rebuilt in its present form by Cardinal Gonzaga
, in 1780, ail three of whom commemorated themselves in Latin inscriptions.
It is a little shrine covered with a dome, not unlike the tomb of a Mohammedan saint, and is now the chief magnet which draws foreigners and their gold to Ravenna
The valet de place
says that Dante
is not buried under it, but beneath the pavement of the street in front of it, where also, he says, he saw my Lord Byron kneel and weep.
Like everything in Ravenna
, it is dirty and neglected.
In 1373 (August 9) Florence
instituted a hair of the Divina Commedia
, and Boccaccio
was named first professor.
He accordingly began his lectures on Sunday, October 3, following, but his comment was broken off abruptly at the 17th verse of the 17th canto of the Inferno
by the illness which ended in his death, December 21, 1375.
Among his successors were Filippo Villani and Filelfo.
was the first to follow the example of Florence
, Benvenuto da Imola having begun his lectures, according to Tiraboschi, so early as 1375.
Chairs were established also at Pisa
, and Milan
before the close of the century.